||FIRST DANCE appears
like a carving on some ancient stone wall, a portrait of
the mystery of being. I used a chopstick to shape lines to look like the
wild hair of some strange but wizened figure. Although the title says
'dance', the man's feet are in fact raised. How then can he be dancing?
Because the 'first' dance would not have been a bodily dance, but rather,
an imagined vision of what one's life, one's 'dance', might look like.
Notice that one foot has six toes, and that the opposing hand has six
fingers; traditional cultures do not necessarily see body deformity as a
misfortune, but rather as a sign of special importance, and such people are
often chosen to become healers.